Pandemic Shopping List

N95 particulate face masks- 4 boxes (2 boxes per adult)

Latex gloves- 200 pairs in a variety of sizes

Anti bacterial hand sanitizer Lg. bottle

Digital thermometer


Hydrogen peroxide


Anti-bacterial wipes

5 hospital gowns

5 hospital caps

5 pairs of hospital shoe covers

Things to prepare to be ready for a pandemic:

1.   Prescription drugs to insure a continuous supply in your home. You may ask your doctor if he has samples or can help you to lawfully prepare.

2.   First aid supplies.

3.   Nonprescription drugs including pain and fever relievers, stomach remedies, anti diarrhea medications, and cough and cold medicines and preventive medications.

4.   Remember, never give young children aspirin. Purchase medications specifically designed for children.

5.   Fluids with electrolytes.

6.   Vitamins.

7.   Anti bacterial wipes for cleaning up after attending to a patient.

8.   Hand sanitizers should also be included in your first aid supplies. These should be used every time you are with someone who is ill or after you shake hands with anyone.

9.   Make sure you also have at least one thermometer on hand and alcohol to clean it.

Medical gloves are essential. Purchase a variety of sizes for the needs of all family members. Remember, some gloves are latex – so if you think you may have a latex allergy use care in selecting gloves.

10.  N95 particulate face masks. These will help prevent the transfer of germs as you are in public or caring for a loved one. There are many types of medical masks. The surgical variety will provide added protection from fluids. These are especially valuable when you are caring for someone who is sweating, sneezing or vomiting. For the best protection these need to fit firmly against the face. If you are using masks for children place the mask on the face and then a bandana. This will help to hold the mask firmly on their face. It can be like dress up! Make sure you remove the bandana and place it directly into the washer. Then discard the mask, preferably outside, and wash your child’s hands, face and exposed skin thoroughly with a hand sanitizer. I have heard people advise that masks do not need to be stored because they cannot be fitted tightly enough to the face. So long as hospitals, police and fire departments and schools are stocking up with supplies of masks for all their staff and students, I am stocking face masks, too. When they no longer consider it important, I will stop. Until then, I believe it is important.

11. Paper plates, cup, bowls, and utensils will cut down on the possibility that germs will be passed as meals are cleared. They will also save precious time for those who are the care givers and a must have should the power fail.

12. Paper towels, become essential items for keeping your home germ free.

13. Stock up on TP and facial tissues with anti bacterial properties…you will use more than you think during a time of illness. Each family will need a different amount of these items. Don’t guess what your need will be. For at least one month keep track of how may rolls of toilet paper and how many boxes of tissues you use. I suggest you place the wrapper from the TP roll in a drawer and at the end of the month count how many you have used. You can multiply this number by three to understand how much you need to store. Add an additional 25%-50% more to prepare for a pandemic as family members will all be home all day long, and some family members are likely to be ill.

14. Large plastic trash bags for soiled clothing,towels, and trash.

15. Liquid soaps: laundry and dish soaps will be much more useful if there is an interruption in your utility service.

16. Bleach for laundry and cleaning, and other disinfectant cleaning supplies should also be stored.

17. Remember the foods we discussed in Preparing for a Flu Pandemic with Food Storage.

18. Alternative to electricity.

a. For light: Flashlights, glow sticks, and/or lanterns, and batteries.

b. For heat: Firewood, non-electric heaters (propane or kerosene – follow manufacturer instructions for safety), and heavy blankets and/or sleeping bags.

c. For Cooking: Portable propane cook stove, barbecue grill and fuel, can opener.

d. For Laundry: large tub for washing laundry, rope for a clothes line and clothes pins.

e. For Communications: Battery/solar/crank radio and/or TV to keep up on the news and health warnings.

f. Water: Bleach and other items needed for purification.

19. Sanitation needs: Port-a-potty with chemicals and liner, kitty litter or sand to help absorb waste and a plan to bury your waste away from your home. You will also need to be prepared to bury or otherwise dispose of every day’s trash in case services are suspended temporarily.

20. Entertainment: Just think about three months at home with no place to go. Talk about cabin fever! Consider purchasing DVDs that you know your children or spouse would like to have. Keep them put away until they are needed or until the next major gift giving occasion. Then replace the old with new titles. You can also establish a stash of age appropriate books, magazines, puzzles and games. Reading a few classic books as a family would also be a great way to pass the time. Stock up on craft supplies and even a new hobby to start with the kids. Cooking can be lots of fun together so make sure your three month supply includes ingredients to make some fun snacks and meals. A sense of humor is key to survival, so be sure to choose entertainment that is funny and/or uplifting.

21. Cash: Should the power fail ATM machines and credit cards will not work. Have a stash of small denomination bills on hand for emergencies when you are forced to leave your home.

22. Gas up: As soon as you hear the flu has come to your region, fill all your cars with gas. Not only will supplies be hard to come by, but if the power fails, so do the pumps.

23. Develop a list of health care providers in your area including clinics and hospitals. Include friends in health care, who you can call at home to get advice or direction.

24. A bell or whistle for your patient to sound when they are in need of help. A whistle can be heard much easier than the human voice.

25. Whether you are trying to prevent disease or prevent it from spreading, you will want to take precautions in every aspect of your family routine. Now is the time to start by teaching and practicing good habits.

26. Teach your family the proper way to wash their hands. You do not need to use hand sanitizers on a daily basis. In fact, this can prove dangerous as sanitizers kill all germs, good and bad. Hands should be washed with plenty of water, soap and scrubbing. Practice rubbing all the surfaces of the hands, including the fingernails and between fingers, under running water every time you wash. Since this needs to take some time children can learn to be patient and sing either Happy Birthday or the ABC Song while scrubbing. This will help them to recognize the length of time necessary to do a thorough washing.

Some of this list is taken from Meridian Magazine and other classes I have attended.

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